Already several months into 2021, and based on collected data, some trends are emerging when it comes to cybersecurity. Check out these top cyber security trends for 2021 and how they can impact your organisation.
The cyber attack surface is increasing. According to Forbes, due to a rapid digital transformation prompted by COVID-19 and the increase of employees working remotely, this has expanded the surface area where work credentials and crucial data are being shared.
While IT departments can prepare with VPNs, regular security updates and other protocols to prevent attacks, home offices are not as fortified and easy to manage security-wise as communal office spaces. This expanded surface has given hackers more areas to exploit.
Also, the increased number of Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets has increased this surface area. Recent estimates show there are 50 billion connected devices and trillions of sensors – all at risk of a cyber attack.
Ransomware is the attack du jour
While there are several attack types and ways for hackers to exploit and gain access to systems, ransomware has seen an increased occurrence over the past several months. Hackers are better than ever at hiding malicious coding that can attack your system. Recent data shows that ransomware has increased by 435% in 2020, compared to 2019.
These trends may seem concerning and have you worried about your organisation, but we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information about our cyber security audits and penetration testing, allowing us to put your system through rigorous testing and provide recommendations that can save you significantly on cost and downtime if an attack were to occur.